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Lee Sinnott’s Gainsborough Trinity side will be looking to finish the season on a high with three points following their relegation from the National League North last weekend. Defeat against AFC Telford United confirmed that the club would be playing in the Evo-Stik League as they were relegated for the first time in their 145-year history. Trinity were 2-0 up against Telford but three goals in the space of 14 minutes sent the Holy Blues down.

Trinity are 20th in the National League North with 43 points, four away from Southport with one game remaining, making it mathematically impossible for Gainsborough to stay up. This weekend they face Tamworth who are 21st in the league, just one point behind Trinity.

Looking ahead, Sinnott revealed: "The chairman [Richard Kane] gave me the inclination that I’d be here next season regardless of what happened. Maybe that’s because I’ve come in late in the day, I don’t know," said Sinnott, who has won promotion from the Evo-Stik League in the past. "I haven’t heard anything differently and I’m looking forward to the job in hand. There will be change, of course there will. When these things happen, there has to be change. We’ll see what happens. We need to assemble a successful model to help get us out of the Evo-Stik Premier."

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Tamworth have not won a game in four matches suffering defeat against Stockport County, FC United of Manchester, Kidderminster and Chorley. Despite scoring three goals in their last game, Chorley, who reached the National League North Promotion Final last season, came from behind to win 4-3. Former Accrington Stanley striker, Marcus Carver scored the winner in the 77th minute. Tamworth’s last win was in March when they beat bottom of the league, North Ferriby 4-1. The Lambs had four different goal scorers on the day with Dior Angus opening the scoring. Aman Verma and Akwasi Asante also found the back of the net with Jack Lane grabbing the club’s fourth on the day.

Last Six: LWLLLL
League Position: 21st

Opposition Managers Comments

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"The Chorley defeat has summed the season up," Mike Fowler said. "How can we be so good, and go 3-1 up, and then end up losing? We have soft players. They are not good enough. There have been too many errors and not enough spirit in the group to rectify the problems that have happened. I’ll be speaking to them individually, the ones who have not been good enough. I said to them, I can look in the mirror and say I have given everything. But can they? I think there are at least half in the group who don’t care."

One To Watch:
Darryl Knights

The former Solihull Moors striker has been one of Tamworth’s star players this season with 10 goals to his name. Despite experiencing relegation with the Lambs this season, Knights can be a real threat upfront. Knights previously played for Solihull Moors between 2012 and 2016 where he made over 160 league appearances.

Last Time We Met

The last time the two sides met was in October 2017 when Trinity travelled to The Lamb Ground. Gainsborough came from behind to win the game 2-1 with goals from Nathan Jarman and Bradley Wells. Gibraltar international, Reece Styche scored Tamworth’s only goal in the 41st minute. This weekend’s clash will be a real battle for pride as both sides can finish the season in 20th place.

Preview by Charlie Russell for Gainsborough Trinity

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